Vertical integration with SAP – Senoplast go-live successfully done 15.02.2019
Beginning with this year we replaced at Senoplast, a plastics extrusion company of Klepsch Group based in Salzburg, the AS400 ERP solution and cusom developed shop floor solutions with SAP ERP and conMES, our SAP MII based MES system. The project was delivered with our partner Phoron, concircle implemented conFIGURE (rule based variant configuration solution), PP including a custom block planning solution, conMES and 7 Fiori Apps for the warehouse. Senoplast can no further expand it’s business relying on a fully integrated solution capable of dynamic routing and bill of material generation, machine connectivity enabling as is consumption booking and many more features which raise efficiency. A roll-out to China will follow in 2019.
Football connects – concircle too! 19.11.2018
We at concircle are a fascinating international group. After work, we recharge our batteries with various activities - this time Mato & Co. at the country match Austria - Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thanks Stefan for the tickets!
concircle starts a UI5 project for the ÖBB Postbus 10.10.2018
Our team has started the implementation of modern UI5 apps for the shop floor of ÖBB Postbus. The project represents a significant contribution to a modern SAP infrastructure of ÖBB. concircle was able to win the public tender due to many years of experience on the field of maintenance. SAP Fiori apps are useful when it comes to provide tailored information to the end-user with the main focus on intuitive handling. We are prepared to face some challenges when it comes down to connecting peripheral devices such as RFID-readers, Barcode-Readers, cameras etc. Thanks to our long-standing hardware partnership with Zebra Technologies, we are confident to provide the needed expertise.
concircle becomes preferred partner for SAP ME in CEE 05.10.2018
concircle is now listed as preferred partner for SAP ME in CEE region and ranks among well-known companies such as Accenture, Capgemini or MHP.
Building the team spirit 17.09.2018
As a part of an unusual internal meeting some of our consultants have taken on an extraordinary challenge: we have built a tower of our professional and personal skills with joint forces. Once again, we made ourselves clear what defines cconcircle best: the vertical integration of technical and business processes, the in-depth understanding of IT-processes and industrial challenges.
Team event: sailing at Neusiedler see 31.08.2018
Our Team has spent an unforgettable day at Neusiedler See at the end of August. During the first half of the day we enjoyed a sailing course at sail.at, followed by a culinary lunch and ice-cold drinks. Subsequently the team had the chance to show the newly learned skills in a regatta. The event was a lot of fun for everybody and gave us the chance to improve the harmony within the team once again.
concircle kicks with SOS Children's Village 20.07.2018
Only with team spirit could concircle keep up with their fit godchildren from the SOS Children's Village. The young asylum seekers are all from Afghanistan and they are trying to make a fresh start in Austria. It is fascinating to see how they eagerly try to get into an educational path. One of them who made us look really old on the soccer field, proudly reported that he now comes to an upper-level secondary school after a year of intense preparation. With another Concircle godchild, we look forward to the completion of his first HTL year.
Thanks to the respect of the youth (the foul statistics showed a zero for SOS Children's Villages) and the strong first minutes of the game, concircle was narrowly defeated 11:9.
It was a great sports experience!
concircle implementing SAP ME projects 13.07.2018
For several months our team has been working on highly complex MES solutions based on SAP ME. In conjunction with SAP MII and SAP ERP, the goal is to manage and optimize the company-wide production and manufacturing processes of our customers. We are currently conducting the blueprint phase with the world-famous Slovenian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič. Furthermore, we are already planning the Go-Live of the SAP ME solution in a newly built plant at a well-known luminaire manufacturer.
Picture source: http://www.akrapovic.com/de/multimedia/wallpapers
concircle at the S/4HANA Partner-Testing 22.06.2018
Concircle was once again invited to the yearly S/4HANA Partner-Testing in Walldorf and gained insights into the latest developments. Among other things, we could test new functionalities in the aATP (Advanced Available-to-Promise), AVC (Advanced Variant Configuration) and in DDMRP (Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning). The tested features will be available to customers from the next release (S/4HANA 1808).
Company trip to Bratislava 23.04.2018
Our team visited the new Slovak branch office in Bratislava last week. We had an eventful day and a lot of fun during the boat trip, getting to know the new office building and having a fine lunch & afternoon beer. We also tried the adventurous Treasure Hunt in the beautiful old town of Bratislava. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation with our Slovakian team.
Getting to know the youth of our SOS Children's Village 20.04.2018
We recently had an exciting appointment: 5 teens from one SOS Children's Village visited us in the office. We were very happy about getting to know each other and we were able to give the boys an insight into our working environment. All of us enjoyed the movie night together and hope to see each other again soon.
What's new in the world of SAP IBP? 09.04.2018
The event organized by SAP Hungary was a great success for our team. We have made valuable contacts within the SAP IBP development, support, and product management team as well as the world's top IBP consulting firms. We also managed to gather first-hand information on the future direction of IBP's product strategy.
Our supply chain future with SAP has begun 26.03.2018
We have been restrained regarding S/4HANA and SAP IBP for several years. Now we are dealing with the implementation of business solutions on these components.
S/4HANA brings a boost to the consulting creativity. With little effort you can present PP/DS on S/4HANA with your own company data. Functions of the fashion industry -such as segmentation- can easily be combined with the solutions of the mill industry. This is made possible by the fact that all the ERP industry solutions on S/4HANA are only separated by a virtual switch. Also very promising are the investments of SAP in core areas, some of which are somewhat out-of-date. Such areas are for example the variant configuration, the availability check or the modern production execution Fiori UIs running on S/4HANA. The new business plattform is also noticeable when it comes to evaluating online problems in the procurement network.
With SAP IBP, an essential component of the planning process moves to the cloud and needs to be integrated via a sensitive interface, but it brings remarkable advantages such as the simple MS xls-surfaces and a steady increase in function in exchange.
*Image source: https://www.sap.com/swiss/products/s4hana-erp-cloud.html
The current project map of concircle 23.03.2018
Our project map is constantly growing due to numerous international assignments. We have so far supported projects in the following countries on behalf of our customers: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, China, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and USA.
concircle at the SAP IBP Partner Bootcamp Spring 2018 15.03.2018
concircle will join at the upcoming SAP IBP Partner Bootcamp Spring 2018 in Budapest. The agenda will be a mixture of foundation (configuration, activation, Excel UI), application topics (demand-, response-, and operational planning, alerts, cloud delivery, product support) and best practice implementations held by the corresponding engineering / operation teams and experts. We look forward to 3 exciting days full of relevant topics around the planning tool IBP.
SAP ME Showcase 06.03.2018
Equipped with 10 years of MES project experience (based on SAP MII) and extensive SAP PP know-how, concircle initiates the international market entry in the field of SAP ME.
As a first initiative, we set up a complex showcase on our own SAP ME system using our 3D printer and MQTT, SAP PCo, SAP MII, SAP ME, SAP UI5 and SAP S4 / HANA technologies. The showcase simulates the fully automated, vertically integrated production with real-time monitoring and seamless integration through all affected SAP systems.
Thanks to the trends 'industrial IoT' and 'industry 4.0' the market demand is enormous: we are already working on our first concrete project inquiries.
concircle goes international 14.02.2018
From now on, concircle is represented not only in the Austrian but also in the Slovak capital. In Bratislava we will set up our first foreign branch office with a team of English- and German-speaking employees who, together with the existing personnel, will realize innovative projects for existing and many new customers. We look forward to this new challenge and to the exciting new chapter in the history of concircle.
concircle starts a new IBP project 07.02.2018
Always with our fingers on the pulse of the time, we will soon start a new supply chain management project in the field of sales planning using SAP IBP for Demand implementing statistical forecasts, lifecycle planning and simulation based on planning versions.
The SCM planning tool -developed on the basis of SAP HANA- brings together requirements from marketing, sales and production planning on one platform, is equipped with predictive functions, alerts and is also linked to Microsoft Excel. IBP also offers an up-to-date user interface with dashboards via the SAP Fiori Launchpad.
*Source of image: https://www.sap.com/mena/products/supply-chain-iot/scm.html
Knowledge transfer in daily office work 22.01.2018
Our technology working group meetings are one of the key platforms for knowledge sharing among colleagues. We regularly exchange information about the latest technological developments in and beyond the SAP world. Besides progress reports from ongoing projects, we recently covered topics such as SAP BOPF (Business Object Processing Framework), SAP Fiori 2.0, HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Gateway Soft-State, blockchain in practice, etc.
Office Warming Christmas Party at concircle 15.12.2017
On 15 December, we officially inaugurated our new office and celebrated Christmas among our colleagues, families & business partners. It was certainly a highlight for us and a nice ending of the year at the same time. We look forward to even more experiences together in the upcoming year.
concircle at the ZEBRA Salescamp & Christmas party 30.11.2017
concircle visited this year's Christmas event of ZEBRA Technologies Austria GmbH. We informed ourselves about the innovations in the product portfolio and the future product strategy of our hardware partner in the area of labelling, traceability and printing technologies so that we can continue to provide our existing and future customers with competent advice.
We were also introduced to a new generation of enterprise applications that will digitally revolutionize traditional workflows by combining IoT end-point connectivity, configuration management, data transport, data storage, analytics and machine learning into a single platform, turning raw data from devices and sensors into actionable intelligence for the industry.
A success story from voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH 14.12.2017
Our team has achieved great success recently: important developments in the production of the voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH have been taken over into live operation after a thorough preparations phase. The project team has been working on complex process changes on the field of sales planning & product allocation, order entry, production description, material disposition, the trim and MES process, delivery and quality certificates.
Going live with new implementations is always a challenging time, for both the client and us as consultants: it requires a lot of commitment, professionalism, technical know-how and in-depth understanding of the processes. We are proud of our team for accomplishing such an important milestone.
concircle's recommendations for SAP Fiori 2.0 12.12.2017
We have been looking into the new functionalities of SAP Fiori 2.0 extensively and we have also gained valuable practical project experience with the new launchpad. The most important new features are the integrated notifications and some new SAP standard applications (overview pages, list reports and object pages), as well as other minor changes, such as the "merged header" or user profile photos.
When upgrading to Fiori 2.0 we recommend our clients following:
- readjusting the Blue Crystal custom themes with the UI Theme Designer,
- checking the functionality of the "merged header" in the custom apps,
- adapting the custom SAPUI5 controls to the new SAP Belize theme.
concircle at the IoT Forum 2017 28.11.2017
Our team attended the last IoT Forum in Vienna in order to inform ourselves about the most relevant news, standards and applications in the IoT-world. We listenned to lectures and panel discussions regarding
- How to develop and implement the IoT strategy successfully - following the 4-step methodology
- IoT - getting started with Arduino and RaspberryPi
- ICS Security - top 10 threats & countermeasures
- The Future of Smart Data Analytics
- Where is the Firewall 2.0 - for Secure Industry 4.0.
We understand the need for building up our own in-depth know-how in the field of these pioneering technologies as we find ourselves confronted with each and every topic in our day-to-day business.
Our breakout area is emerging 20.11.2017
We pay special attention to a creative and inspiring working environment in our new office, which gives us the opportunity to come up with new ideas, to learn from each other and to bundle our innovative power. Our management has designed and assembled a "creative wall" in the breakout area of our office that can be filled with life by all concircle colleagues according to their own taste and preference, reflecting the versatility of our team. We are already keen on the idea
A token of appreciation 17.11.2017
Our colleague, László, expected a small surprise in the office: after an intense and successful go-live phase at one of our major clients, the management has kept an old promise and given László a mobile steam sauna. The surprise was visibly successful, the whole team had a lot of fun during the handover & unpacking. :)
Internet of Things in practice 16.11.2017
Our team has learned a lot about the latest IoT-technologies in a short time: we are currently experimenting with the direct connection of our 3D printer to our SAP system in order to be able to demonstrate Rapid Prototyping of production orders. The desire for innovation is unlimited at concircle.
concircle at the TECONOMY Vienna Career Fair 08.11.2017
We had a very exciting and eventful day at the last TECONOMY career fair at the Technical University in Vienna: we were pleased with interesting encounters, numerous visitors, interested parties and applicants at our booth, motivating conversations about technology, industry, IT and training and a lot of fun on top. Our 3D printer was a thrilling eye-catcher for many visitors of the career fair.
Voices of our new employees - Kevin Tschirschke 02.11.2017
At the beginning of October, we welcomed two new colleagues to our team: Kevin Tschirschke as a Junior SCM Consultant and Mátyás Sajtos as a Junior Software Developer. We are very happy that they have chosen concircle as their employer and that they have settled in so well after such a short time. We interviewed Kevin and Mátyás after their successful first month.
Voices of our new employees - Mátyás Sajtos 02.11.2017
At the beginning of October, we welcomed two new colleagues to our team: Kevin Tschirschke as a Junior SCM Consultant and Mátyás Sajtos as a Junior Software Developer. We are very happy that they have chosen concircle as their employer and that they have settled in so well after such a short time. We interviewed Kevin and Mátyás after their successful first month.
concircle at the annual DSAG Congress 2017 27.09.2017
The largest and most important event of the German-speaking SAP user group, the 18th DSAG-Annual Congress took place in Bremen from 26.-28.09.2017. concircle was represented by Florian Gstir - spokesman of the working group 'Manufacturing Austria'. The event is an important platform for knowledge exchange for all SAP users and SAP stakeholders, with more than 50 different thematic sessions and an exhibition with about 175 partners, all relating to SAP-specific topics.
This year the Congress focused on the transition to the digital world, the increasing challenges of business and IT and the role of enterprises in a networked world (IoT).
concircle at the TECONOMY Vienna 2017 Career Fair 26.09.2017
We are looking forward to the participation of this year's TECONOMY Career Fair which will take place on the 8.11.2017 directly at the TU Vienna - University of Technology. The fair is aimed at students and graduates of technical and / or scientific studies, expects over 4,500 visitors and more than 90 exhibitor companies. We are hoping for an exciting day with many interesting encounters.
A look back on the business year 2011 22.09.2017
What a find ... We came across an old concircle newsletter from 2011 and we have read about the milestones and successes with great enthusiasm since many of the mentioned project clients still belong to our satisfied clients. Then as now, the multi-faceted concircle team is still very motivated to assist and advice our customers.
concircle takes its own 3D printer into operation 11.09.2017
At concircle, we always like to learn new technologies and keep our fingers on the pulse of time. IoT (Internet of Things) is one of the cutting-edge developments that inspires us. With great interest and curiosity, we put our own 3D printer into operation this week. The fun factor in the office is guaranteed.
concircle moves into new office space at Business Park Vienna 11.08.2017
Thanks to our generic growth, we have outgrown our old premises and have moved into our new office at the Vienna Business Park. We are very proud of our new working environment: the bright, spacious open-plan office concept, our own lounge area and the beautiful view of Vienna.
LEGO Mindstorms - concircle demonstrates team spirit & programming skills 13.07.2017
On 12 July, the LEGO Mindstorms team event took place. Besides process understanding and programming skills, team spirit was meant to be demonstrated. In small groups a vehicle had to be conceptualized consisting of lego bricks and various sensors, which were then programmed. By means of colour, light and motion sensors, multiple obstacles placed on a course had to be overcome by changing directions of the vehicle. The team which could run through the course the fastest won the race.
To round off the evening, a delicious buffet and cold drinks were served. We already look forward to further exciting team events!
Successful configuration of the Fiori Time Sheet App 03.07.2017
Within one day, concircle could successfully activate and configure the Fiori Time Sheet App for the mobile time recording in SAP. Many clients make use of SAP CATS (Cross Application Time Sheet) for the recording and billing of work hours. Being a cross-application tool, SAP CATS enables the systematical recording of work hours and activities on different account assignment objects. Thanks to the seamless integration into SAP ERP, personnel-related business processes can continuously be regulated and controlled. Hence, CATS is considered a highly flexible tool to transport personnel times into various SAP modules and to assess them monetarily.
In combination with SAP Fiori, it is now possible to perform all these tasks in a mobile and platform-independent way. SAP Fiory is the generic term for hundreds of SAP applications offering a modern user interface for SAP ERP and S/4 HANA which eventually helps to make processes more efficient and easier to implement.
concircle gives recommendation for SAP S/4 Hana 22.05.2017
Already the current release provides notable simplifications for extended production planning processes. PP/DS on S/4 is not yet flawless, nevertheless, has already been integrated quite comfortably.
The upcoming release 1709 is eagerly anticipated. In Walldorf, concircle could gain some valuable insights into great enhancements in the area of PP. These contain great analytical analyses which for the first time demonstrate the strengths of the Hana database in PP. Moreover, nice UI5 apps for production order and operation lists are available. In addition, further extensions dealing with HR qualifications (certificates) and activities or work instructions as subobjects of the production order process in S/4 Hana ensure proper MES functionality in the ERP system!
Top Season for Lisa Unterweger 13.04.2017
Lisa Unterweger, young Austrian cross-country skier and sponsored by concircle for several years now, wins multiple first places in national and international competitions this season. We are very pround of Lisa's great successes and the entire concircle team already keeps its fingers crossed for the upcoming season.
Product Database at Wienerberger AG 29.03.2017
concircle provides support to Wienerberger AG in the enlargement process of the existing product database, which is based on SAP Standard and now will be complemented by adding new product categories. In addition, the search function will be enhanced, and the computational logic will be adapted.
Cloud-based Planning with SAP Integrated Business Planning 16.03.2017
Already for a longer period of time, concircle is dealing with the new cloud-based SAP planning tool "Integrated Business Planning". IBP represents the digital transformation of the Supply Chain, making it necessary to take decisions across departments based on current data. This process is supported thanks to a flexible data model, extensive simulation options and modern user interfaces in Fiori or Microsoft Excel.
Outstanding Internship Performance of an Afghan Refugee 07.03.2017
Constantly in search of new talents, concircle offers young interested people the possibility to complete a technical short-term internship within the company. Zabiullah Yousufi, an IT Student who fled from Kabul, took this opportunity within the scope of the "welcomeTUcode" initiative of TU Wien (http://www.informatik.tuwien.ac.at/welcomeTUcode). "Zabi" already proved himself during the lectures at TU Wien and now spent two weeks at concircle in order to gain practical insights into the conceptual design of workflows. Thanks to his profound background knowledge, excellent German skills and commitment, he could successfully fulfill his task and, thus, make a valuable contribution to the improvement of the internal organizational structure – Praise from the management was ensured! The concircle team hopes that "Zabi" will finally receive a positive decision on his asylum application, after now two years in Austria.
Industry 4.0 – Field Report 23.02.2017
In case a steel processing company undertakes an entirely new implementation of ERP processes in the area of product data management and manufacturing as well as of all MES processes, comprehensive requirements are placed on the ERP – MES interface. In return, batches may be traced in the ERP module inventory management and controlling after every step in production. Up-to-date production specifications of MES are transferred online to the process control level. In order to ensure smooth operations, 2-day integration tests have been conducted on-site during the past weeks, where extensive simultaneous tests of SAP ERP and PSImetals MES were held by IT specialists, PSI and concircle consultants.
concircle as official 'Registered Reseller' in the ZEBRA Partnership Program 16.02.2017
Already since June 2015, concircle is official Registered Reseller in the partnership program of ZEBRA Technologies Austria GmbH, a leading company in the area of labelling, traceability and printing technologies. Hence, we are allowed to redistribute Zebra devices to our customers.
The partnership evolved following customer requests to procure both software and hardware from a singel source. Our main business consists in the sale of mobile handhelds/touch computers (TC75, TC51/56), scanners and label printers (ZT420) - hence, we deliver all devices required on the shop floor or in the warehouse of a manufacturing company.
Thanks to the partnership with Zebra, concircle is in a position to directly offer both hardware and software to its customers. Moreover, we have the possibility to borrow state-of-the-art hardware for testing purposes. Zebra is also at our disposal for any hardware-related issues and questions. Our Zebra partnership, thus, provides a distinct added value - not only for concircle, but especially for our customers!
SAP Project Launch for concircle at large Austrian Bus Company 15.02.2017
Thanks to the successful implementation of an SAP-based modern Shop Floor Data Collection tool in the area of utility vehicles at voestalpine, concircle was engaged to develop a specified BDE-solution at a leading Austrian passenger transport operator. The long-term project shall provide solutions in respect of both hardware and software. The overall objective is to increase transparency in order processing in vehicle maintenance workshops.
38% Sales Increase in the Financial Year 2016 07.02.2017
In the financial year 2016, concircle could increase its sales by 38%. Florian Gstir, managing director, comments as follows: "The reasons for this are multiple: We could transfer our knowledge about the Steel Industry to Thyssenkrupp in Germany, and thus win a new customer; consulting in the area of SAP Business Rules Engine has gained in importance; concircle could win several SAP UI5-related projects; but also do traditional processes in SAP APO, SAP ERP and MES require sound consultation. To respond to all these challenges, we expanded our team and now offer successful business solutions as products on the market."
The running financial year 2017 also shows good progress. In 2016, UI5 projects were considered exciting new topics; now S/4Hana or the Hana Cloud Platform deserve special attention.
Blum - Go Live of comprehensive ERP processes incl. APO 19.01.2017
With the start of the new year, comprehensive planning proccesses were set into production at Blum - the Vorarlberger specialist for functional furniture fittings. concircle elaborated all core processes, from demand planning through VMI (Vendor-Managed Inventory) up to complex availability checks (gATP, BOP). Blum is especially characterized by its high record volume, its deep supply chain and the high automation in planning.
voestalpine Division Steel - Go Live of further company in Linz 12.01.2017
In Q4 of 2016, a further company of voestalpine's Division Steel has successfully been set into production with the latest SAP order entry processes - including specifications entry processing (extended variants integration) and BRF+. The concircle team contributed significant parts to the solution. Besides, another milestone - a further company - is currently being planned.
conMOBILE in Warehouse Management 05.01.2017
The leading glass manufacturer Vetropack AG has now in use the mobile and SAP-based application "conMOBILE" in order to simplify the company's complex dispatch processes. conMOBILE is not only used in combination with handheld scanners, but also together with RFID sensors. Thanks to the great collaboration throughout the project works, the solution could successfully be implemented.
concircle looking for young talents at the karriere.netzwerk 2016 of FH St. Pölten 09.11.2016
The job and carrer fair on 9 November 2016 organised by FH St. Pölten gave students the possibility to get informed about current job offers and carreer opportunities. In search of young IT talantes, concircle participated in the karriere.netzwerk (career.network) acting as business partner for the study programme Smart Engineering.
In the course of an internship of several months, concircle offers studens the possibility to work on projects in order to gain some initial practical experience.
We look forward to a successfull collaboration!
ImTop2016 - Spotting new technological trends 22.09.2016
concircle learns about new technological trends of the most important hardware manufacturers at the ImTop 2016, the annual in-house exhibition of INGRAM MICRO. What has raised our attention is the ongoing progress and development of virtual reality. Great potential for diverse interesting tasks and applications may be found here in the future.
conUI5 - Custom SAPUI5 Library with extended controls 30.09.2016
SAPUI5 - in case one has never heard of the framework introduced by the industry leader should promtly get engaged in the topic. Fast release cycles, countless new features and controls as well as constant enhancements clearly demonstrate that SAP counts on the web framework in the future to ensure a leading position not only in the industry but also in the web community.
Nevertheless, as with all frameworks it may happen that some features do not function as intended by customers or programmers. Therefore, concircle started enhancing the most frequently requested controls with the respective requirements. Controls such as Button, Checkbox, Datepicker, DateTimePicker, MultiComboBox, RadioButton and Select have already been successfully implemented into customers’ productive systems.
These enhancements offer an extensive event handling of controls as well as the well-proven concircle field control, which - not being implemented in the frontend as usual - consists of a BRF+ set of rules fed with user and application data. This allows, depending on the given data, to hide or disable input fields, to make them available or to even convert them into mandatory fields.
concicle with sporty ambitions at the Vienna Night Run 2016 27.09.2016
concircle demonstrates sporty ambitions at this year's Vienna Night Run. The team consisting of Andrej, Konrad, László and Lena proved team spirit and committment during the 5 kilometer run along Wiener Ringstraße. The runners achieved great results and could make a valuable contribution in support of the charity organization Licht in die Welt.
concircle is sailing on the Attersee lake 28.07.2016
With the intention to further strengthen the team cohesion and to enjoy some sunny hours, the concircle team set out for Seewalchen am Attersee. After having spent a pleasant barbecue dinner in the evening, we headed for Attersee lake on Friday morning in order to start our little sailing trip. After a short briefing, we actively participated in steering the boat. Thanks to cool drinks and a nice sea breeze we could enjoy the morning sailing turn. Towards noon, we headed back to shore for having lunch and a short break. After a good meal, we got back on board and spent another three hours sailing before eventually returning to the marina. As the sun went down, a lovely weekend trip was coming to its end - we already look forward to the next team event!
Going mobile - innovative solutions for product specification
Due to reinforced requirements regarding consumer and environment protection, detailed product declarations must be provided in the building materials industry. Instead of issuing package inserts, Wienerberger AG opted for an innovative mobile solution.
With reference to the Construction Products' Regulation EU 305/2011 of 1 July 2013, Wienerberger AG being the leading manufacturer of building materials in Europe is obliged to provide, in addition to the CE label, a Declaration of Performance for all products manufactured in Europe. While other companies provide conventional packaging inserts, Wienerberger AG decided for an innovative solution which has been realized together with concircle. In this way, the perfect balance between legal requirements and the given framework of a globally acting comapny with sophisticated product management processes could be achieved.
Based on a central product database (PDB) in SAP ERP and conPLANT by concircle, relevant data of more than 150 production sites is replicated, versioned and automatically made available for label printing at the respective production plants. Thanks to the offline capability, printing can be done without central SAP. Only products which are actually manufactured at the concerned site are synchronized. Besides basic product data, information such as labeled product definitions or SAP material master data such as weights or sales text is shown. Label printing at the sites is initialized either manually with the customer-friendly conPLANT web user interface or with a direct SPS interface to the support system. The low-priced print-only version of the standard label software Nicelabel is used. Labels are attached to the pallets either manually or by means of (semi)automated applicator.
concircle implements CRM functions for Getzner materials based on SAP ERP
In order to give customers the possibility to access current price information on different configurations via a personal online portal, Getzner opted for SAP ERP pricing with variant configuration. The solution is based on web services which simulate pricing without requiring master or transaction data.
"The results were astonishing and will hopefully enjoy great popularity amongst all partners and customers of Getzner Werkstoffe. I would like to thank all employees of concircle involved in the smooth implementation of the backend component. For me personally, the result constitutes an innovation in the IT environment of Getzner as it can be considered the first application giving online access to multiple users, and directly accessing the SAP system. Hence, a modern and innovative system has been created to communicate with customers and partners without neglecting the aspect of integration."
Oskar Eller, application administrator Getzner IT
The SAP QR generator
Up until today, SAP and QR code generation had to be done by means of 3rd party programs. concircle has developed a solution which makes such programs redundant. Generated QR codes are stored in BDS and, hence, can be used for any type of SAP script smartForm.
Big step in organizational consulting
As of now, Heinold Lindenthal provides support to the management team. He contributes his many years of experience in the fields of organizational consulting, gives advice to customers such as OEBB and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Krems. By taking this step, we offer our customers comprehensive consulting by IT or organisational experts.
Sponsoring of Lisa Unterweger
concircle is now sponsoring a young and dynamic cross-country skiing talent. Lisa Unterweger has already won the Austrian Championship in diverse cross-country skiing categories for 14 times.
Big success of conMOBILE at SAPPI
Mr. Sproger, manager of SAP MM/PM and project manager of "conMOBILE", commented on our successful project as follows: "We are quite satisfied with the solution - especially the HR workflows have been very well accepted. We also added a new workflow for the US and implemented several improvements. Your well-conceptionized application has helped us a lot in this process."
At the moment, a global roll-out of the solution in the entire organization of SAPPI is being internally prepared, after having used the solution in parts of the organisation for one year.
concircle skiing day 13.03.2015
On 13 and 14 March 2015, concircle spent an enjoyable weekend in Obertauern, Salzburg. After an adventurous toboggan run and a delicious dinner at "Gnadenalm", the concircle team hit the cross-country trail the next morning, taking advantage of beautiful and sunny weather. The Obertauern ski resort is located at an altitude of 1.750 to 2.400 meters and, thus, has an absolute snow certainty from November up until May. With 36 modern lifts and more than 100 kilometers of slopes, fun and diversion are surely guaranteed!
9th process and quality management dialogue (PQM) 08.05.2015
On 8 May 2015, the ninth PQM dialogue - a platform for the exchange of experiences between experts - took place. Dr. Konrad Pfadenhauer, CEO of concircle, was committed to the topic of "Productions IT in the future - what can be learnt from 'lean' ". Additionally, he ran a workshop on the subject of managing complex IT landscapes in manufacturing, also introducing innovative organizational approaches.
For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/9.-PQM-Dialog
Baroque concert in the Wachau valley
On 23 July 2015, concircle visited a Baroque concert in the idyllic town of Weißenkirchen located in the Wachau valley. At Teisenhoferhof, a Gothic structure built in 1335 which formerly constituted the edge of the ancient marketplace, an enjoyable evening came to an end.
Publication of SAP success story at Getzner Textil AG
We are very pleased that an SAP success story in cooperation with our customer Getzner Textil AG could be achieved. Together with concircle, Getzner Textil AG puts emphasis on SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII). The application provides a real-time overview of data throughout the entire production process.
TU Vienna purchases conMOBILE
After an intensive testing phase carried out by the Executive Board of TU Wien (4600 employees), the decision has been taken to buy licences of conMOBILE. Within the next few months, the mobile web application shall be implemented at all institutes. For us, it is a special honor that the leading technical research institute in Austria opted for our mobile application in the expectation of considerably enhancing the SAP environment within the organization. A roadmap up to the year 2017 has already been drafted in order to illustrate continuous extensions to the functionality of conMOBILE (TU internal designation: SAPmobile), making it the central application of SAP.
Mobile personnel and order data collection
SAP UI5 & mobile devices & NFC reader & zero downtime = mobile personnel and order data entry
concircle has implemented personnel time tracking for workers in an Austrian industrial company. Around the clock, numerous workers check in via fixed or mobile terminals by using their plant ID card. A modern UI5 display allows workers to not only register themselves, but also the order to be processed. Related data is transferred to SAP HR and SAP PM modules. Thanks to zero downtime of the SAP system, minimal buffering mechanisms are required. Maintenance of the solution can be done by local IT staff.
3 SAP UI5 application live
Last week, 3 SAP UI5 applications based on SAP notification objects and BRF+ control logic went live in a company operating in the raw materials industry. These are:
- Claim Q2: Handling of supplier complaints (internal and external),
- R&D: Request and handling of taking samples/product investigation,
- ServReq: Request and handling of services of supervisors and engineers.